The government has improved abortion access during the pandemic. We're fighting to keep it that way!
To help women safely access abortion services via telehealth, the government would need only to keep doing what services say it has been for decades: nothing.
In March the government introduced temporary Medicare rebates for telehealth appointments in an effort to minimise face-to-face appointments for maladies that could be managed with an over-the-phone consultation during the pandemic.
This included a rebate for telehealth consultations for early medical abortion -- the termination of a pregnancy in the first nine weeks of gestation using the abortion drug RU486. Now the country’s sexual and reproductive healthcare providers are petitioning the government to keep the rebate beyond its September expiry date.